Understand their purpose and triggers to help hospitals improve performance ratings tied to payment. In this climate of quality care, the ability to measure and track clinical performance and outcomes within a facility is essential. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed Quality Indicators for that purpose. There are four categories of AHRQ ...
CMS clarifies immediate jeopardy, creates surveyor tool, and offers public online training. Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM 100-07), Appendix Q, are intended to help federal and state inspectors quickly identify violations of health and safety regulations. In a March 5 blog, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said new ...
In Audit
Feb 4th, 2018
By congressional request, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) prompted a series of audits, which investigated group home abuse and neglect of developmentally disabled residents. The findings were horrifying. According to their website, they “found that these residents often experienced serious injuries and medical conditions that resulted in emergency room visits,” and that “99 percent ...
Jun 1st, 2014
When it comes to your employees’ health and safety, show that you set OSHA standards. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC, CPCO and Michelle A. Dick On-the-job safety wasn’t always a priority in the United States. Before the late 19th century, workers had no protection from occupational hazards. Workers were often injured, subjected to ...
In Audit
Jun 29th, 2012
Alaska’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHSS), the state’s Medicaid agency, will pay $1.7 million to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) after reporting a USB hard drive containing personal health information (PHI) was stolen from a state employee’s car. This is the first fine levied by the Office of Civil Rights ...